Watch The Gap : site-inspired dance and pedagogy of choreography

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Title: Watch The Gap : site-inspired dance and pedagogy of choreography
Author: Bartel, Ellen
Abstract: This thesis offers two layers of analysis of a contemporary dance titled Watch The Gap, a site-inspired work initiated by the architecture, design, and function of the Jamaica, Queens (New York) train station. For the dance analysis, the investigated question is: can a dance that is inspired by a specific location but performed on a concert stage still fit within the genre of site-dance? By comparing its choreographic methodologies within the field of site-dance, a second investigated question arises: can these practices be codified and taught as part of a course in a university setting? Through this study I examine, explain, and analyze the different choreographic tools and aspects of site-dance impacting the field of dance by a comparison study with Watch The Gap and a pedagogical investigation into improvisation and site-dance. In doing so, pedagogical applications, key terminology, and methods, discussed in the paper, help to clarify and add to the discussion of this rapidly growing art form.
Department: Theatre and Dance
Subject: Site-dance Pedagogy of site-dance Choreographic analysis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5080
Date: 2012-05

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